I just read that Abby Mann, Screenwriter of JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG has died. I’m not a huge movie buff, and in fact I don’t recognize his name. I rarely remember directors, producers, or writers of movies and TV.

But I was reading some of his dialog from the movie and it’s clear that I need to see this movie. This is the relevant bit:

JUDGE DAN HAYWOOD: “Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he
loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul
must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government
of which he was a part. Janning’s record and his fate illuminate the most shattering
truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were
all depraved perverts – if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters
and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake
or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress
of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves
into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger
the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The
sterilization of men because of their political beliefs… The murder of children…
How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak
of the “protection” of the country. Of “survival”. The answer to that is: survival
as what? A country isn’t a rock. And it isn’t an extension of one’s self. *It’s
what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult!* Before
the people of the world – let it now be noted in our decision here that this
is what we stand for: *justice, truth… and the value of a single human being!”

I think I’m going to print that and frame it. And then maybe send a copy to every congressman and woman. Twice.

via Adam-Troy Castro


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